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From February 6, 2017:



CHAMPAIGN, IL (February 6, 2017)Illinifest Student Film Festival, presented by the students of MACS 464 [Media and Cinema Studies] at the College of Media at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, announces its call for submissions of short films in the “Midwest Student” and “World Competition” [categories]. The festival will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Lincoln Hall Theater on the Urbana campus.

The submission period begins Monday, February 6. Film entry is available through or Film Freeway. Submission to the “Midwest Student” category is open to students and recent graduates of colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. Short films of one to 20 minutes can be submitted into the “Midwest Student” category free of charge before the March 10 entry deadline. Late submissions received by March 20 will be charged a $3 fee. Submission into the “World Competition” is open to everyone for a $5 fee. “Midwest Student” and “World Competition” filmmakers working in all aesthetic disciplines and genres including narrative, documentary, animation, horror, and experimental are welcome. All films must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 20.

About Illinifest Student Film Festival

Illinifest Student Film Festival is dedicated to supporting student filmmakers by bringing their work to a campus and community audience for a shared cinema experience. Our mission is to make Illinifest an arena for diverse voices in short filmmaking. The 2016 festival spotlighted short films by student filmmakers in colleges throughout the Midwest while also exposing our audience to the work of filmmakers form around the world. We received 123 submissions from more than 20 countries. Of those, 33 films were selected for inclusion into the 2016 festival program. Films accepted at Illinifest are screened at the festival and nominated for awards in a number of categories including “Grand Jury Prize,” “Best Picture,” “Best Cinematography,” and “Social Impact,” as well as $100 in cash prizes.

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Rahmah Elmassry
relmas2 [at] illinois [dot] edu


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